A – Meals on Wheels

St Catherine’s Meals-On-Wheels service provides hot nutritious meals to older people who are unable to cook for themselves allowing them to live independently in their own homes. The service also provides meals to the Alzheimer’s Unit in Betthany House and to Meals on Wheels services in Leighlinbridge and Fenagh.

Meals are delivered by a team of volunteers 5 days per week 51 weeks of the year including Christmas Day and we cater for all dietary requirements. The daily visit from the volunteer delivering the meal also provides social contact for recipients helping to alleviate isolation while also monitoring their well-being.

Did you know?

  • We cook and deliver over 20,000 meals every year
  • Over 40 volunteer cooks and drivers are essential to help our staff to run the service and we are supported in recruiting volunteers by Carlow Volunteer Service
  • Our oldest volunteer is over 80.

Referral Info
Referrals are accepted from HSE Public Health Nurses, from G.P.’s and from recipients and their families.

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Standards of Excellence in Meals on Wheels Services

St. Catherine’s “Standard of Excellence Assessment Framework for Meals on Wheels Services”

Standards of Excellence is a practical quality framework that allows Meals on Wheels services to self- assess their organisation and operations under key headings helping them identify potential improvements.  Headings include:

• Organisation of services
• Staffing and Training
• Diet and nutritional value
• Client Needs
• The Social Role of Meals on Wheels
• Relationships with Statutory Agencies
• MOW in the Continuum of Health and Social Services

Standards of Excellence was funded by the HSE National Lottery Fund with an advisory group drawn from HSE Older Person services, Environmental Health, St. Catherine’s volunteers, staff and service users and a PHN and Dietician.

Standards of Excellence was launched in May 2015 and is now being used by local Meals on Wheels services and is freely available for use by other interested services.  St. Catherine’s Meals on Wheels Standard of Excellence Quality Framework won the National Age Friendly Achievement Award for Innovation in May 2016.

B – Socially Monitored Alarms / Senior Alerts System

A Socially Monitored Alarm is a personal alarm worn by an individual as a pendant around the neck or wrist. The alarm is monitored 24 hours a day ensuring older people in need can summon help instantly in emergency situations. It provides peace of mind and security for older people and their families allowing them to live independently in their own homes.

St Catherine’s handles SMA grant applications for older people in Carlow town, Tullow, Leighlinbridge and surrounding areas.

SMA Details

  • The SMA can be installed via a landline or mobile telephone
  • The applicant must be living alone and over 65 or living with another person over 65 years
  • The annual fee for the service is €66.00 per annum

Did You Know? –
Over 80 people received a Socially Monitored Alarm in 2014

Referrals and Information
Referrals are accepted through Public Health Nurses, the Gardai, local Community Alert representatives.  You can also apply directly via St. Catherine’s

C – Carlow Older Persons Network

St. Catherine’s is a member of the Carlow Older Persons Network (COPN). The Network aims to engage with and support older people to fully participate in community life. It brings individual older people and groups and local agencies together to work to identify and respond to needs and to share information and resources.

Network activities and events include:

  • Information mornings, for example with local Gardai to highlight the importance of security and safety in the home.
  • The annual Summer and Autumn Tea Dances and Fancy Dress competition.
  • Bealtaine week in May hosts events for older people including arts and crafts demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions.

Did you Know?

  • COPN and St. Catherine’s participate in the Carlow Age Friendly County Committee to improve the lives and well-being of older people in County Carlow, in consultation with older people in the County.
  • Over 300 people attend the 2 Tea Dances annually

For more information please contact:

Edel Keogh

Edel Keogh

Senior Community Development Worker for Older Peoples Services

Tel: 059 9138700
Email: mow@catherines.ie